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The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines

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Oscar nominee and Emmy Award–winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo shares her remarkable personal journey—from a childhood in the Shah's Iran to the red carpets of Hollywood—in this dazzling memoir of family, faith, revolution, and hope.

Enchanted by the movies she watched while growing up in affluent Tehran in the 1950s and '60s, Shohreh Aghdashloo dreamed of becoming an actress despite her parents' more practical plans. When she fell in love and married her husband, Aydin, a painter twelve years her senior, she made him promise he'd allow her to follow her passion.

The first years of her marriage were magical. As Shohreh began to build a promising career, Aydin worked at the royal offices as an art director while exhibiting his paintings in Tehran. But in 1979 revolution swept Iran, toppling the Shah and installing an Islamic republic under the Ayatollah Khomeini. Alarmed by the stifling new restrictions on women and art, Shohreh made the bold and dangerous decision to escape the new regime and her home country. Leaving her family and the man she loved behind, she fled in a covert journey to Europe and eventually to Los Angeles.

In this moving, deeply personal memoir, Shohreh shares her story: it is a tale of privilege and affluence, pain and prejudice, tenacity and success. She writes poignantly about her struggles as an outsider in a for-eign culture—as a woman, a Muslim, and an Iranian—adapting to a new land and a new language. She shares behind-the-scenes stories about what it's really like to be a Hollywood actress—including being snubbed by two of Tinseltown's biggest names on Oscar night.

Lyrical and atmospheric, The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines is a powerful story of ambition, art, politics, terror, and courage—of an extraordinary woman determined to live her dreams.

Publishers Weekly Review

Apr 08, 2013 – Tehran-born actor Aghdashloo was the first Iranian to be nominated for an Academy Award (for the film House of Sand and Fog). In this memoir, she describes her dramatic journey from the Shah’s Iran of her childhood to Hollywood. As a teenager in the 1970s, she had an epiphany while seeing Gone with the Wind, deciding right then to become an actor. Before she was 20 she’d married and landed her first lead role in a play. But with the changing political landscape in the country in the late 1970s and her growing vocal opposition to the Ayatollah, she left Iran. Experiencing total freedom for the first time, she divorced her husband and got an education. Eventually she moved to the U.S., where she found work in television and radio amid the huge Iranian community in L.A. Her success didn’t happen overnight: “With my accent and jet-black hair, I was not exactly the girl next door.” She got her first break on Matlock, more than a decade before her trip to the Oscars. But with that transformative moment, she explains in this heartfelt narrative, her Hollywood adventure began in earnest.

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The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines
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  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Jun 04, 2013
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
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